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Foreign Minister Kotzias’ statement following the informal ‘Gymnich’ meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (5-6 February 2016)

Saturday, 06 February 2016

Foreign Minister Kotzias’ statement following the informal ‘Gymnich’ meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (5-6 February 2016)“Yesterday, during the first day of the informal Gymnich meeting, my colleagues and I discussed the future of Europe’s security architecture, as well as our relations with Iran, in light of the lifting of the sanctions.

Today we had a discussion of the refugee and migration crisis, initially between the candidate countries of the Western Balkans and the members of the European Union who are on the Western Balkan corridor. And this issue was the sole subject of the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the member states and their counterparts from candidate countries. We stressed, with emphasis, that complex problems need complex solutions, and to this end all of the decisions we have taken at a series of meetings – decisions that have not been implemented, must be implemented.

For our part, we made it clear to everyone that it isn’t up to Greece alone to come up with responses. The other member states of the European Union and the European Commission also have to respond, because the necessary assistance has yet to be given to Greece; assistance provided for by all of the decisions that have been taken to date.

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